Thursday, April 17, 2008

AHHA- I'm not dyslexically laughing on my computer

The American Holistic Health Association (AHHA) brings you the latest and greatest in holistic and alternative health practices from around the globe. All from a very reputable source!

Check it out.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Research suggests that Magnets may help chronic tinnitus sufferers

The NY Times is reporting about the success of magnetic therapy in a new case. Suffers from the auditory disease tinnitus may soon be able to find relief thanks to magnets. Tinnitus, which is a condition that causes the sufferer to hear chronic, loud, obtrusive noises, is a relatively newly diagnosed phenomenon. Currently, the most effective treatment involves a specially designed sound file that needs to be played for long periods of time.

While this treatment shows success at a 90% clip, the process is very time consuming and expensive. Enter magnetic therapy. The scientists have shown that hey can "reset" the part of the brain that's going haywire and causing all the racket in the first place by targeting it with a magnetic pulse. Probably a little bit stronger than the jewelry that you're sporting, but magnetic therapy, none-the-less.

Read: NYTIMES.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Just in case


If you have ever held up a magnet close to a CRT (read: ancient) monitor, you have probably seen the craziness that ensues. Most notably, the really bad colors and distortions that occur post magnet.

This website has a tutorial about how to remove said discoloration. Check it out!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

When magnets go wrong

We all know that magnets are used in health care for more respectable processes than magnetic jewelry. This MRI had an unfortunate meeting with a chair:


Apparently, the hospital has a "no metal" area, and things like chairs, body piercings, knives, wolverine, are usually kept outside of it. Usually. A patient got out of that chair, and tripped/fell/collapsed, reaching out for the chair to hold themselves up. This pulled the chair close enough to be grabbed by the magnetic field, pulling it into the unit.

The machine cannot be turned off without significant downtime - and at the cost of patient care. They were able to pull it away, after much effort. Luckily no one was injured, and the MRI received only cosmetic damage.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Magnetic implants. They look so real!

Not what you're thinking! This one comes from the blog Zentastic. The author, Shannon Larratt, had magnets implanted into her fingers so that she could sense magnetic fields. I have a great aversion towards anything dealing with blood, cutting, or pain in any aspect, so I will not post the pics here.

Apparently, you can "feel" magnetic fields as you erase vital information from your hard drive with a touch/ stop a pace maker with a pat on the back/ interact with ordinary objects.

Caution: Graphic magnet implantation photos! More info here and here!